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Meet Marilyn

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I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology in 2011 and a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013.  I have been working in public and private schools with students in preschool through high school ever since!  I have experience working with a variety of communication disorders including speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, fluency (stuttering), and social communication. I also have experience working with children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.  

My favorite part about the field of speech-language pathology is watching a child’s confidence grow as their communication improves! Not being understood by others can be very frustrating for children (or anyone for that matter!). I love being a part of something that improves daily life.  My younger brother went to speech therapy as a child and it was a highlight of his week. I strive for my clients to experience the same feeling! I am passionate about using evidence based strategies while keeping speech therapy fun. Something I feel strongly about is incorporating literacy and phonemic awareness activities in all therapy sessions, especially speech sound disorders.  This is because more than half of children with Speech Sound Disorders (SSD) experience difficulties with reading (Bishop & Adams, 1990; Catts, Adlof, Hogan, & Weismer, 2004; Catts, 1986; Catts, 1991; Catts, Fey, Tomblin, & Zhang, 2002; McCardle, Scarborough, & Catts, 2001; Nathan, Stackhouse, Goulandris, & Snowling, 2004; Tomblin, Zhang, Buckwalter, & Catts, 2000).  I am dedicated to staying on top of the most current research in the field of speech-language pathology.  In my commitment to lifelong learning, I earned an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.  This is awarded to individuals who earn at least 70 hours of continuing education in the field of speech-language pathology.  This is more than double the amount of hours required for certificate maintenance.

Supervising new speech-language pathologists (clinical fellows) is something I find rewarding.  I have had the pleasure to supervise multiple times. It has been a great opportunity for me to grow my clinical skills as well.  I am also on the executive board for the Southwestern Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (SWISHA).

Marilyn holds:

-Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

-Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA (May 2023-May 2026)

-Illinois Speech-Language Pathology license (IDFPR)

-Professional Educator License (Speech Language Pathologist-NonTeaching)

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